Authentic and traditional yoga with down to earth teaching, heart and good vibes. This is Warrior Princess Yoga. Julia founded Warrior Princess Yoga in 2017. Since then Emily, Swana and Kirstin joined the team. Working with dedication and love on helping you to find peace of mind and feel great in your bodies (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual).
“Movement has been a constant in my life. I started dancing when I was 6 and for the next 13 years it was all I knew. I liked other sports too, but nothing felt better than creating art and sensations with my body and within my body. When I left Italy to pursue my studies in Scandinavia, I knew it was not going to be the same, I was never going to find the same dance group I had back home, which in fact were and still are my best friends. So I started going to the gym. My private life was facing some challenges too and I was, not unlikely other girls of my age, struggling with eating disorders. I did not realise until recently, how much yoga helped me out of it. As I said, I started going to gym and even if I loved training, it also became addictive in a negative way. I was not training to get stronger and healthier, I was training because I wanted to reach a certain physical appearance goal. At the gym, I tried some yoga classes. I remember struggling trying to make it through that one hour. I was checking the time, wondering how come an hour could feel like 20 years, when all I am asked for is to breathe and lay down. That shouldn’t t be that hard right? Indeed it was! I was motivated to learn how to sit or lay down and not think. I thought that was all it was about. I mean, how hard can it be not to think for like 3 minutes? It was freaking me out the fact I couldn’t . A few years later I decided I wanted to learn more about the philosophy of yoga. I took a 4 weeks teacher training in Guatemala. There, I learnt why I could not just sit down and stop thinking: because nobody can stop thinking! Meditation is not about suppressing your thoughts and emotions, it is about accepting their presence and letting them not affect you. It is embracing whatever is happening in the present moment.The same I learnt with my body. I learnt to accept my body, to listen to my body and to be more mindful and sensible towards it. Same as dancing, yoga for me is movement medicine, it makes the body stronger and mind lighter. It is not about reaching the perfect pose, but the perfect pose for you, the one you feel your best. I have been teaching since September 2018 and I love it. I feel honored and blessed I can share my passion and energy with others.”
Emily holds a 200h yoga teacher training certificate from Doron Yoga and is writing her Master’s in human nutrition. She teaches Vinyasa and Yin Yoga in English or Italian.
You can join Emily’s group classes at Jo:ga or book her for office yoga as well as private sessions.
“I started doing Yoga while studying at University, realizing that it helped against my headaches and I wanted to become more flexible, sitting down studying all the time. During an extreme stressful period, I got into running, as I felt it served as a better exercise, when slow movements and breathing felt impossible. Moving to Scandinavia to study and work, I stopped doing Yoga for a while and just focused more and more on running. It was when I started to work full-time that I felt the need to get back to it. Working in the startup industry comes with very blurry working hours and being reachable and with your thoughts at work most of the time. Yoga helped me to calm down for an hour and shift my focus. It forced me to be present in the current moment and let got of my thoughts.
That is actually what I love about Yoga, we force our mind to be present, shifting our focus on movement and the breath. Yes, Yoga helps you to become more flexible and can be physical challenging, but that is not what it is all about for me. Yoga for me is about creating space, find yourself on the mat, be present. The Indians call it monkey mind – our mind does not like to be present but instead jumps from thoughts about the future, to the past and back again. Like a wild little monkey, jumping from branch to branch in the trees. If we learn how to tame this monkey, we can relieve stress and anxiety.
In the beginning of 2019, I decided to go deeper into Yoga practice and philosophy and did my Yoga Teacher Training on Nusa Lembongan, Bali. What I experienced during this month changed so much for me, that I felt the need to share it with others and find a way to bring Yoga more into the business context. We need to take a step back from our lives from time to time. For me yoga class is a scare time, brining people together but also brining people closer to themselves, creating space. That is what my Yoga classes are all about, giving you a break from the daily life to find strength to tackle whatever challenges is thrown at you next – to come out of our fight-or-flight mode and calm the monkey mind. You don’t have to be flexible or “good” at meditation, just flow with me for a while and maybe it changes something for you as well.”
Swana holds a 200h yoga teacher training certificate from Nusa Lembongan, Bali.
You can book Swana for your office yoga classes.
If you would have asked me four years ago, if I would ever do yoga, I probably have given you a strange look. I liked running. I can’t sit still and make a knot in arms and legs. Until today I cannot touch my feet when I bend over. But it took me some time to understand that this does not matter and that yoga is so much more than challenging body poses.
So how did I find my way, you may ask. It actually started with a running injury. Multiple shin splints and a problematic knee made my life as a runner difficult. I decided to look out for a new sport. I always liked the solo sports. The peace and quietness and of course the independence of solo training is very appealing to me. So I got a bike.